Category Archives: Art

Streets of Papunya

Having thoroughly enjoyed Vivien Johnson’s previous book, Once Upon a Time in Papunya, her attempt to chronicle the rise of Papunya Tula Artists, I didn’t really think twice when Rosina Di Marzo of New South Books reached out to ask … Continue reading

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Margo Smith, AM

Dr. Margo Smith, Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia has been awarded the Order of Australia for her work promoting Aboriginal art and culture in the United States of America. Wow! The first thing … Continue reading

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Lives of the Artist: Patrick Tjungurrayi by John Carty

Readers who followed this blog for a long time know already of my admiration for John Carty’s work.  John is an anthropologist trained at the Australian National University under Howard Morphy.  He has long had an interest in art history, … Continue reading

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Will Stubbs wins ACA Award

I just saw this news release, and I may be late to the party, but I wanted to share the great news that Will Stubbs from the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre has been given the Australia Council Visual Arts Award (Advocate) … Continue reading

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The Namatjira Legend Lives On

A coupe of months ago, when I asked Glenn Manser to report on Desert Mob, he told me that he’d really like to write a piece for me on Vincent Namatjira.  Last week, I received the article I’m posting below … Continue reading

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Desert Mob is Alive and Doing Rather Well

Guest post by Glenn Manser  [Note: Glenn first reached out to me in January 2006, about three months after I started this blog.  Since then he has been a faithful correspondent, exchanging perspectives on trends in Aboriginal art, the performance … Continue reading

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Desert Mob 2014: A Photographic Gallery

Lots of people wait all year to go to Alice Springs for Desert Mob.  I, sadly must rely on the kindness of–well not strangers–but rather old friends who bring Desert Mob to me.  Thanks to their generosity, I can now … Continue reading

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Salon des Refusés Returns

It’s festival season in Darwin again.  Gallerists Matt Ward (Outstation Gallery) and Paul Johnstone (Paul Johnstone Gallery, formerly known as CCAE) have brought back the Salon des Refusés for a second season.  What could be more festive? Reacting last year … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht

Note: We recently spent a few weeks in Europe and finally had the chance to visit the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht.  What follows is a preview of a piece that I wrote for publication elsewhere, so it’s a little more general … Continue reading

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Video Culture / Museum Culture

A pair of new exhibitions opened this past week at the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.  One extends established queries about the nature of objects stored in museums and their relationships to the people they purport to represent.  The other makes … Continue reading

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